The Chicago style dog at Haute Dog and Fries in Alexandria, Va.

The Chicago style dog at Haute Dog and Fries in Alexandria, Va.

Whether its half smokes, burgers or coffee, the staples you’d expect to find on the street or in diners are becoming more upscale in the District of Columbia. Recipes include gourmet ingredients and prices reflecting that are on an incline. What do these new options and their price points signal to longtime Washingtonians? Do new food and drinking choices offer exciting options for more residents, or do they highlight the gap between the have and have-nots? Kojo discusses with a local urban planner and a Washington Post columnist who recently visited the city’s latest upmarket arrival: Blue Bottle Coffee in Georgetown.

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